Goldilocks spooned up the delicious porridge as fast as she could. She sighed with contentment, happy in the knowledge that, not only was it was good for her, it was the tastiest thing around too…
Well in trendy Shoreditch, there’s a new café that proves fairy tales can come true. The Porridge Café serves 11 different grains on a rotating menu including quinoa, Arborio rice and rye. It’s setting out to widen people’s perspective on porridge through its specialisation which, if you think about it, is not that unusual.
For centuries, London’s pie and mash shops have been going strong with just the single dish. And fish and chip restaurants across the country have been specialising for as long as anyone can remember. Single focus restaurants are an opportunity to really explore what one particular dish can offer — stretching the boundaries of taste; being adventurous and not bound by traditional ways of doing things.
The Porridge Café serves both sweet and savoury dishes though the savoury ones tend to be more of a risotto rather than a true porridge. There’s a wide and adventurous range of taste combinations: ingredients for sweet dishes include fusions of fruit and spice such as pear, fig puree and vanilla polenta; or pomegranate, orange, honey, chocolate shavings and buckwheat. The savoury dishes include chorizo, chilli, feta cheese, poached eggs as well as vegetables such as leek and kale. The café’s beetroot, feta, capers and poached egg spelt risotto is a particular savoury favourite. Whether your preference is sweet or savoury (or both), a visit promises steaming bowls of oaty goodness inspired by porridge dishes all over the world.
Not only does the Porridge Café offer greater variety than Goldilocks experienced, its menu provides more health benefits than she probably realised too. A major study by Harvard University has just been published focusing on the role of whole grains within the diet. Tracking more than 100,000 people over 14 years it presents positive news for those with a passion for porridge. The study found that whole grains reduce the risk of heart disease, along with other major chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes (Wu et al, 2015).
Goldilocks only had to try three bowls of porridge before she found one that suited her taste. At Eurest we’re always experimenting with new trends and flavours to find the perfect menus to offer you. And we keep our finger on the pulse of the latest health research too, so we can combine nutritious with delicious to delight you every time and make sure everything you taste is “just right”.
Wu, H. et al. (2015) Association Between Dietary Whole Grain Intake and Risk of Mortality. Available: http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article?articleid=2087877 Last accessed: 20 Feb 2015.